1. Interreligious Dialogue “Interreligious dialogue is a meeting of heart and mind between followers of various religions. It is communication between two believers at the religious level.” Interreligious dialogue is a great initiative to settle the grounds of conflict not by removing all that which contradicts rather, it allows different religious traditions to have an open encounter with other religions, having the opportunity to compare each other’s beliefs from an insider’s perspective and not merely basing on what others say about them. This is essential so that the truth that each faith claims is the real truth that they really bear. Interreligious dialogue requires that the participants should bear the mental attitudes of “respect,
To gain knowledge on religion from a functionist and conflict perspective, it is important to define these perpectives to set a base to the dicussion. These perspectives are drawn fom sociological theories which propogate a statement of why and how things are related. Funtionalism is a sociological perspective that views society as a complex whole whose individual parts work towards promoting solidarity and stability. This perspective views society as stable and oderly. The key elements of this paradigm include social structure and social funtions.
Addressing the whole of humanity as a single Ummah the Qur’an invites all humans to cultivate an attitude of peace(Ahmed 2015). Qur’an says: “And Allah calls to the abode of peace, and leads whom He will to a straight path” (Qur’an, 10:25). The word peace in its different forms appears in around one hundred and thirty-eight places in the Qur’an(Ahmed 2015). In the same vein Badawi, (2015) adds, the Qur’anic Arabic Term Jihad has been commonly mistranslated as “Holy War”. The Qur’an was revealed in Arabic, not in English.
The ideas of Jewish feminism, Christian feminism and Islamic feminism are exclusive not only to secular and non-religious women but also to women of other religious confessions. Thus, secular feminist stances are more adopted for inclusion and equality. Furthermore, I suggest that the notion of religious feminism is problematic also because it aims for more categorisation. The notions of Jewish feminism, Christian feminism and Islamic feminism aim to represent “jewish”, “christian” and “muslim” women accordingly. However, how are these constructs defined, and how exactly are they implemented?
Religious life is set in that way that defines appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Religion has played a role on the entire civilization. Its identity is very important in the world, which is shaped between eight major civilizations such as, Western, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox and Latin America. Strong difference, which lies among this civilization, is religion, where conflicts and violence occur among sates and groups within. In addition, the record of history
Atheism & Alternative Religions 2.1 Religious Pluralism One of the challenges facing evangelism today is the proliferation of religions in the world. Without a body with adequate authority to regulate the creation of religions, this has continued unabated. This trend toward religious pluralism and the labeling of Christian particularists as 'hatemongers' is growing. These times calls for evangelical Christians to put more concerted effort in their work as the threat is particularly huge. With the decreasing influence of Christianity in Western world and the proliferation of other religions such as Islam and Hinduism in the West, opposition to the traditional Christian view and those who hold to it will continue to grow.
Islam and Christianity Islam and Christianity are two of the most influential religions in our history. Both religions trace back to the days of Abraham, although that’s the point at which they diverge. Islam and Christianity both have different beliefs regarding prayer, pilgrimage, their interpretations of the Bible, and the use of the Qur’an and the Bible. Muslims pray very differently then Christians do. To begin every Muslim’s prayer there is a call to prayer that comes from the mosque.
Both articles formulated that civil religion is a “source of social and cultural coherence and even unity,” (Williams 2013; 240) with that it provides a set of beliefs, rituals, and the means to formulate a sense transcendent. Williams (2013) mainly focus on civil religion’s ability to critique society, as suggested by Bellah and Gorski. Civil religion provides a moral standard of what America should be, it “heighten boundaries and convinces people that those boundaries are natural and even sacred.” (254) (the term boundaries here I believe is both physical and metaphysical, not simply national territory, but the boundary for identity) It connects the nation to the transcendent. Williams and Fuist (2014) were more interested in the effect of the weakening nation-state. As nation-state being threatened by the neoliberal globalization and ethno-religious national sentiments, it seems diversity and tension within America are strengthened, with the fear of immigrants being very obvious.
Mir-Hosseini describes this phenomenon as ‘feminist in its aspiration and demands, yet Islamic in its language and sources of legitimacy.’ Thus, the secular characteristics of feminism, even if still strongly manifested in western Europe, now often clash with new wave of religious and multicultural discourses. Sheila Jeffreys writes that recently it has become more and more difficult for feminists to criticise religion and point its harm to women’s rights. She suggests that there has been a rise of
Culture and Religion seem to be working hand in hand in society, when looking at culture we look at characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, food, social habits (things that are done natural e.g. saying please and thank you), music and arts. With religion people often use the word to mean the worship of a god or gods. However, some religions do not have gods. One thing that all religions have in common is that they help their believers to find meaning and comfort in the world by using some aspects from that particular religion.